Public toilets are of utmost concern to a student on their trip itinerary. A student’s concern can revolve around things other than academics and competition. In their growing years, much of the fun and excitement evolves from on the spot planning and trips to discover different places. The much-awaited Industrial Visits and picnics are those events that always bury a question in mind, ‘Will I be able to stop half-way through the journey to use the washroom?’
Not always do girls have an option to go for trips while on their menstrual days. They either let it go or end up on a trip with washroom issues and grumbles for a cleaner nation with nothing much done to initiate it. Apart from the packing, much effort goes into trying to find good public toilets for relief. Most of the time, a public toilet is avoided because of the number of grave issues that come with it.
Exposure to Public Toilets
A public toilet is never well-maintained. There is no sign of hygiene or sanitation. We mostly experience dirt and filth all around. The moment you enter a women’s washroom, the first thing you look at is the mirror, only to crib about how your hair didn’t look good the entire day or a surprised version of how ugly could one look! Irrespective of the reason, do you really find a mirror in the public washroom? Rarely.
And if so, it’s only to fit the face of a woman. So much so that women don’t really bother about mirrors in public toilets anymore because they’ve given up on the idea of finding one out there”, which brings me to the next major problem of odour.
One of the most impressive things in a human being is the fragrance they possess that changes the aura around them and highlights the mood. Most women don’t really like using public toilets because of the terrible stink that it holds. Some give up and think of major skills in controlling themselves or think of previous situations where they successfully did. But here, such unhealthy skills lead you to an unhealthy lifestyle and takes a toll on a woman’s health.
The bad odor makes us hesitant to even touch the handle of the inner washroom door. We soon begin to miss the only sanitizer bought, months ago, that was left in the other bag! A nightmare in progress, we open the door only to find the worst preview of a filthy world of unclean floors, yellow walls, imaginary germs, and dirty toilet seats. After regaining a little conscious, we enter the cubicle only to find the latch broken. Where is the so-called safety then?
The Painful Relief…
Thanks to all those squatting lessons, we sometimes manage to have a little courage to relieve ourselves. In those few seconds of relief, one might quietly have a look at everything around. A broken mug used tissue roll and a tap is all that can be found. The tap might seem like a painting in the museum, with dust all over it amidst faded, dirty, yellow walls left untouched that didn’t fulfil the only purpose it had. Besides these, poor lighting, bad cubicle design, non-working flushes, no hygiene plan, no caretaker, lack of dustbins and no proper sanitary disposal bins can cause immense discomfort to a woman.
Hurrying to get out of this condition, the least we could do is to wash our hands as quickly as possible! With luck never being on our side in a public toilet, there usually is a soap dispenser but no soap in it. To touch those dirty taps is a huge task itself, thinking of all the unnecessary germs present on it and not to mention the generous flow of water it usually contains!
The flow of water is as good as nothing. While stepping out, the polluted air would seem less of a problem than the terrible stinky ambience inside a public toilet.
A Much Needed Change
Public toilets are those halts we take when we’re out for a long time or whilst on a shopping spree. The purpose is to continue back on what we intended to do but usually after visiting a public toilet, one would simply want to head back home without completing their set schedule for the day.
These are only some of the many problems faced by students. Students usually face an experience of near death inside a Public Toilet but what about the older generation and their needs? To reach out to the nation, students must realize the importance of hygienic public toilets and take a serious stand on it; only then will they be able to reach out to others on a larger scale.
The grave conditions of a public toilet is a shooting problem addressed to all and through careful management, development can be possible.
When a facility for good use and comfort becomes a nightmare, there must be a careful plan of action taken up for it!
“I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” – Mahatma Gandhi.
Rightly stated, an unhealthy lifestyle leads to an unhealthy mind. It’s not about what you achieve at the end, it’s always about how you nurture and maintain it along the way!
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